Interesting quote

United States
November 14, 2007 10:18am CST
I read an interesting quote today: "Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching" Thomas Jefferson So I wonder, do you try to live your life this way? I do try, but I'm not always successful. I think the choices we make when no one is looking might be more important than the choices we make when we are in the spotlight.
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• Australia
15 Nov 07
I've given up trying to give the world what it wants. Now I'm working on me and my family! lol. Stuff what society expects of me, I'm too tired these days! lol.
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• United States
15 Nov 07
I hear you there! I think that this quote, though, doesn't mean doing what society wants. I think it means that we should act the same way in private that we would in public. It's about integrety.
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• Australia
16 Nov 07
So true. But we do! lol. The way we are at home is how we are to the real world. I just never realised until a few weeks ago that the real me is out there for everyone to see any way!
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• United States
19 Nov 07
You are right about the way we are at home is how we are in the real world. Well, I strive for that to be true, anyway. I don't like being fake and try not to worry about impressing anyone. I figure if I like me there is bound to be someone else who does, too, just the way I am.
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• Philippines
19 Nov 07
we sometimes need quotations like this to be reminded of our actions everyday. anyway, we are not perfect to be always perfect in the eyes of others. for me, i do things to the fullest and best as i could to satisfy myself and not others.
• United States
19 Nov 07
Satisfying yourself and not others is always important. I have made some of the worst decisions of my life trying to please someone other than myself. This quote was good for reminding us of our everyday actions. Of course we are not going to be perfect, but it's good to question if we are acting in a way that we would be proud of if someone saw us.
@derek_a (10894)
15 Nov 07
Yes, as a Zen practitioner, I aspire to live this way. But we never perfect perfection, because it is already perfect.. ;-)
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• United States
15 Nov 07
Thank you for your response, derek. That reminds me that I wanted to look for books about Zen at the library while I am there today!